Daniel Linder is Vice President of the China Region for International Automotive Components (IAC). In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the development of new business opportunities and identifying potential strategic partners, alliances, and relationships to grow the current customer base and expand IAC’s product portfolio in the Chinese market.
Throughout his more-than-30-year career, Linder has increased momentum and growth in multiple markets across the globe by enhancing customer relations, initiating targeted expansions, building upon centralized teamwork, and improving local company recognition.
Before joining IAC, Linder most recently served as Key Safety Systems (KSS) President of Passive Safety for the Americas. During his time at the company, he launched an engineering, operations, quality, and sales office in Brazil and spearheaded an expansion of the company’s footprint in Mexico. Prior to KSS, he held various divisional and regional leadership roles for Yangfeng and Visteon Automotive Systems, gaining extensive Asian market and Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Indian original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customer account experience. Linder began his automotive career at Ford Motor Company, serving in a variety of manufacturing, production, and product development roles, including managing director for Ford/Visteon Hungaria located in Szekesfehevar, Hungary.
Linder earned his Bachelor of Science in manufacturing engineering from Michigan State University, and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.